Hidden Treasures

February 25th, 2018






Neighborhood UU Church Sanctuary

301 N. Orange Grove Blvd Pasadena, CA 91103

The Innas, Ettas, Annas and Donnas of Mozart’s Operas

A concert of Arias and Duets with Narration

Introduction to Girls On The Run Los Angeles by Molly Snow, Executive Director

In association with Girls On The Run Los Angeles, Performances a la Carte presents an afternoon concert of arias and duets with narration entitled, HIDDEN TREASURES the Innas, Ettas, Annas and Donnas of Mozart’s operas.

The concert will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 4PM at Neighborhood UU Church Sanctuary, 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91103, and will feature a variety of singers including noted soprano, Carla Jamie Perez and several of the current rising stars on the opera scene; soprano, Julia Metzler, mezzo-soprano, Joanna Lynn Jacobs and soprano, Lucy Zepeda Chirdon. Kristi Brown Montesano, educator and author of Understanding the Women of Mozarts Operas will act as narrator for the concert and coach and pianist, Lisa Edwards will accompany.
Wine and juice will be available for purchase during intermission. Seating is limited and advance purchase of tickets is recommended. Advance online ticket purchase through Brown Paper Tickets are $20. Tickets at the door will be $25, CASH ONLY and student rush tickets with valid ID will be $15 CASH ONLY on the day of the concert. For additional information contact   info@performancesalacarte.com. or Carla Jamie Perez at (626)296-9843.

The theme of the concert serves to contrast the restricted and predesignated role of women in the 18th century with the expanding egalitarian role of women and girls today by way of using the arias and duets of the female characters of some of Mozart’s most popular operas. Performances a la Carte, whose mode is collaborative and whose mission is to connect the arts with social needs and issues, seeks with this concert to highlight and promote mentorship and development programs, such as Girls on the Run, which foster the development of every girls unlimited potential and to encourage and empower her to realize her dreams.

The story lines of these particular Mozart operas portray a cross section of 18th century girls and women whose only means of dealing with their circumstances is by way of their artful feminine wiles.  The beauty, humor, cleverness, fury and pathos represented by these arias run the gamut of emotion and are filled with wit and intelligence. These are not women who suffer fools but who, from experience generally know all too well what they are up against.  Mozarts music exquisitely represents that despite appearing hidden and ornamental they creatively utilize the devices of emotion and allure relegated to them to affect their desired outcomes. Please join us to discover just how they do it.

Exceptional collaborations make wonderful events, so on behalf of Performances a la Carte thank you to the following: Our very gifted participants, Kristi Brown Montesano, Lisa Edwards, Julia Metzler, Lucy Zepeda Chirdon, Sandy Kuo Price, Joanna Lynn-Jacobs and Zoë Grimm; Girls on the Run Los Angeles, including Elizabeth Sadlon, Co-Founder and Molly Snow, Executive Director; Neighborhood UU Church including, Taylor Chazan (and his endless smile) and Anna Cremorosa (Director of Facilities – par excellence); Marcie Servedio, Elizabeth Sadlon and Katrina Leung for assistance in ways too numerous to mention. George Ramirez as invaluable rehearsal pianist and Susan Gordon for stellar PR; Very special acknowledgement to Ned Racine and Lee Brainard for the refreshment table and to Pasadena ProMusica, David McArthur and David Spiro for the support and encouragement they so generously provided.